Yemeni sources revealed that Al Saud authorities recently released hundreds of Yemeni detainees on the condition of promoting drugs in Houthi-controlled areas and elsewhere.
The sources revealed that Yemeni gangs developed huge criminal activities and drug trade coming from the Saudi side.
They added that the entry of drugs is carried out through official methods and under the supervision of high-level security forces, in order to wreak havoc among Yemeni youth.
They pointed out the Yemenis are accustomed only to “khat”, not other drugs. This indicates that their entry is carried out in systematic and official ways by the Saudi army, which controls the borders and official entrances.
The sources pointed out that the Saudi forces in Yemen require the detainees to work for the intelligence against the Houthis and to involve drug trafficking.
On the other hand, the Houthi group called on the Saudi-Emirati coalition to accept what it called the “Ma’rib initiative” and its nine points. The Yemeni government called on the Southern Transitional Council to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh agreement.
War in Yemen continues, amid hopes of ending it, and UN and international diplomatic efforts to reach a political solution, while the field-military aspect seems to have become more complicated.
Even today, there is neither victor nor vanquished, as both sides have been subjected to severe exhaustion and tremendous wear and tear on the fighters.
Average Yemeni citizens pay the war price in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, as millions are on the brink of starvation. More than 80 per cent of the population of about 30 million depends on humanitarian aid to survive.
The United Nations estimates that 112,000 people have died, including 12,000 civilians, but the reality indicates that the civilian casualties are much more than that.
The international efforts continue to convince the Yemeni parties of a political solution, but there is no real indication that they are convinced of this, in light of the significant divergence of views and lack of confidence, which makes it difficult to end this war soon.